The victim met the suspect on a dating website, after which he allegedly made promises to “cure” her medical conditions
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A 46-year-old pharmacist from Colorado, United States, has been arrested on suspicion of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman he met on a dating site.
The female victim revealed that she had met the suspect online and said he had made promises to heal her medical conditions, mentioning that he was a pharmacist.
Over the course of a few days, the pharmacist allegedly lured the woman to his residence located in a different state.
During the victim’s stay at the pharmacist’s residence, she claims she was given unprescribed medication by the man which resulted in her being incapacitated.
The victim was then allegedly sexually assaulted multiple times by the man between 10 June and 16 June 2020, according to court documents.
A sexual assault nurse who saw the victim in hospital on 18 June stated there were signs of physical trauma that appeared to corroborate her claims.
The nurse stated the victim disclosed to her that the suspect gave her multiple medications, which she trusted were for her medical issues.
Although the accused was a licensed pharmacist at the time, he was not legally authorised to prescribe any medication.
While staying at the suspect’s home, the victim alleged she was given large syringes filled with an unknown liquid to inject into her nose, which were explained to have healing qualities.
The suspect allegedly repeatedly put tablets and pills manually into her mouth, whose side effects left her feeling extremely lethargic, unable to move her arms and legs, and having trouble moving and feeling her tongue.
The victim showed detectives photographs that she took of medications she found in the suspect’s home before she left.
Their shape, size and colour were the likeness of what she remembers the suspect giving her.
The medications were prescribed to the suspect from his pharmacy and included metoprolol, carvedilol and montelukast.
The pharmacist’s licence to practice was suspended on 2 July. He owns a pharmacy in rural Colorado and holds a doctorate in pharmacy.
He was arrested on three counts of sexual assault, but has since left the county’s detention facility after paying bond, which had been set at US$10,000 (AUD$14,400).
Upon further investigation, other victims have come forward to report unwanted sexual conduct by the man.
Detectives have asked anyone who knows anything about the case or who may be an additional victim to come forward.